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One of the most intense fixtures on the Ligue 1 schedule takes place this weekend, as Lyon welcomes Marseille in the Choc des Olympiques matchup. Both sides will be looking to gain maximum points on Sunday after failing to win in their last two.
|OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS vs OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE
|Location of the Game: Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France
|Date and Time: Sunday, February 4, 2024. 2:45 PM ET
|Reason: 2023-2024 Ligue 1 Round 20
|How to watch: ESPN
Lyon vs Marseille AI Pick and Prediction
The head-to-head record makes for important reading before making a Choc des Olympiques prediction this weekend. Marseille have won each of the last three in the league, while Lyon have landed just two wins in the last eight clashes between the rivals.
The visitors were commanding 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture this term, and they could be the standout selection to gain maximum points once again on Sunday.
Choc des Olympiques Prediction Odds
The odds indicate how challenging it will be to make a Choc des Olympiques Prediction this weekend. Both a Lyon win and a success for Marseille on Sunday is up at +160, with the draw being the outside selection at +230.
Olympique Lyon vs Olympique Marseille Analysis
Big questions continue to be asked of Olympique Lyon as we come into the second half of the season, as they are far from assuming their position in the top flight. The French giants come into the latest round of Ligue 1 matchups after losing each of their last two, which has seen them drop back into the relegation playoff position.
That poor run of form comes after an upturn in Lyon results, which saw them win three on the bounce. In fact, prior to this period, the French side had landed just once victory in their opening 14 matches this season.
The Ligue 1 team stats show them to be one of the worst defensive sides in the competition this term, as they have allowed 33 goals. That is the second-weakest defense in the competition at this stage.
Lyon’s form was hit in the opening 45 minutes against Rennes last Friday, as they found themselves 3-0 down inside the opening 41 minutes. They did attempt to stage a recovery, but they were unable to find a crucial goal in the final ten minutes.
The visitors will rank among the likely Ligue 1 computer picks this weekend, as Marseille have gone five without defeat in the league. The Marseille standings currently see them sitting seventh in Ligue 1, and a victory over their famous rivals on Sunday could lift them to within three points of the Champions League spots.
Unlike Lyon, Marseille’s recent upturn in form has been built on their strong defensive record. The Ligue 1 player stats show that they have allowed just 21 goals this season.
But, they will need to show character this weekend after conceding twice at home against AS Monaco in their previous outing. Marseille battled back in the second half of that fixture, with Leonardo Balerdi netting the equalizer.
However, they really struggled in that match, despite playing against ten men for the best part of 80 minutes. But, their record in this fixture offers a lot of confidence to the visitors this weekend.
Olympique Lyon vs Olympique Marseille Head to Head
Marseille have landed victories in each of their last three against Lyon in the league, which includes an away victory in this fixture last April. Lyon’s only home win in their last three against Marseille came in the form of a 2-1 success in February 2022.